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>> pelley: a white police officer is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. also tonight, marco rubio joins the presidential race, but hillary clinton gets a head started. >> i hope you'll join me on this journey. >> pelley: airlines reach new heights for lost bag age. and the genius who broke the nazi military code. >> this is captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: it has happened again, and again it's captured on video, a white law enforcement officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man. today a reserve deputy in tulsa
oklahoma, was charged with manslaughter in what he says was an act of a crime. the victim was 44 years old. elaine quijano has the latest. >> reporter: in the moments before eric harris was shot on april 11th, tulsa sheriff's deputies say they were conducting a sting operation, trying buy a gun from a convicted felon. but when police vehicles pulled up, harris ran. >> stop! >> reporter: a body camera on one of the deputies captured the pursuit. among the officer chasing harris was 7 the 3-year-old volunteer reserve deputy bob bates. bates can be heard yelling "taser" just before a shot was fired. according to sheriff's investigators, bates thought he pulled his taser instead of his gun. immediately afterwards, you hear him apologize. >> i shot him. i'm sorry. >> reporter: as harris laid bleeding, he complained of being unable to breathe. >> i'm losing my breath. >> reporter: no one replied.
bates had previously worked for the saul is a police department in one year from 1964 to 1965. he became a reserve deputy at the sheriff's office in 200. at first the department defended him, saying he made a mistake in the heat of the moment. but the district attorney disagreed, charging bates with manslaughter. dan smolen is the attorney for the harris family. >> everyone wants the believe law enforcement. everyone wants to live in a world where you feel protected by law enforcement. the problem is if that has become so mutated over time. >> reporter: an draw harris is the victim's brother. >> he was loving. he was caring. and he was my brother that i'll never see again until i see him in heaven. >> reporter: according to family members, harris was unarmed when he was shot. robber beats' attorney said the following in response to the charges, "we feel the evidence strongly shows this was a death or homicide by accident or
misfortune which under the statute is excusable homicide." there has not been any challenge to the statements made by bates voicing his intention to phase. scott, if he is convicted, bates could receive up to four years in prison. >> pelley: elaine thanks very much inch another controversial police shooting, we heard new audio today of south carolina police officer michael slager minutes after he fatally shot walter scott, who was running away from a traffic stop. the first voice you're about to hear is a politician supervisor advising slager what to do next. >> your adrenaline is pumping. >> it's pumping. >> oh yeah,. oh, yeah. >> pelley: it was after a chase and a struggle that slager shot the unarmed scott in the back. slager was fired last week, charged with murder and remains in jail tonight. today four ex-blackwater security security guards were sentenced to long prison terms for a deadly shooting in baghdad
eight years ago. the episode caused an international uproar and raised questions about the u.s. government's use of private security guards in a war zone. here's david martin. >> reporter: one by one the four blackwater guards their legs shackled, stood before a packed courtroom. judge royce lamberth, his voice at one point breaking with emotion, pronounced their sentences. life for nicholas slattern, who had been convicted of first-degree murder for firing the first shots in the 2007 shooting, which left 14 unarmed iraqi civilians dead. 30 years each for paul slough evan liberty and dustin heard all of whom had been convicted of manslaughter. the courtroom filled with 100 of their supporters, gasped at the life sentence, but none of the defendants showed any visible reaction. the sentences, which were the minimum required by law following convictions by a jury last october were handed down after hearing statements from five of the iraqi victims
including emotional testimony from the family of a nine-year-old boy who was killed. "what's the difference between these criminals and terrorists," the father asked in halting english. video monitors showed photos of the dead and pictures of the cars shot up by the blackwater guards. lawyers for the defendants asked the judge for mercy arguing the mandatory sentences were intended for drug dealers and gang members not security guards assigned to protect a state department convoy in the middle of a war-torn city. but judge lamberth responded "based on the seriousness of the crimes, i find the penalty is not excessive." choking up, the judge said it's clear that these fine young member just panicked, but he added, "they were entrusted with deadly weapons and their conduct cannot be condoned." >> pelley: david martin at the peg for us tonight. david, thank you. the u.s. has fired off an angry note to russia over a near miss involving a russian fighter and
an american spy plane. the pentagon says the reconnaissance plane was in international air space last tuesday north of poland. the u.s. says the russian fighter screamed up from the rear and spun two barrel rolls over the american plane. well, there are only 82 weeks left until the presidential election, and the field is filling up fast. this evening republican senator marco rubio said he is in, and hillary clinton stepped on to a trail that she has traveled before, this time she's the overwhelming favorite for the democratic nomination. tonight she's headed to iowa. our nancy cordes beat her there. >> reporter: the only clinton sighting came at a chipotle in ohio today where security video captured her ordering a burrito bowl, your standard road trip fare. >> i'm hitting the road to earn your vote. because it's your time, and i hope you'll join me on this
journey. >> reporter: she may be the democratic front-runner, but clinton still needs to drum up the kind of enthusiasm that led barack obama to a first-place finish in the iowa caucuses and eventually to the white house. >> there's a number of undecided. there's a number. >> reporter: bartender kimberly boggus leads a group of obama volunteers in beaverdale iowa. they worked so hard to get him reelected they were nicknamed obamadale. we sat down with five of them. at this point do you all have the same kind of passion for hillary clinton that you had for the president? >> no. >> no. >> no. >> reporter: why not? >> i think she has the prove herself. >> i already know she's very qualified. i know that she's an intelligent person, but i just wanted to meet her because that's how iowans are. we want to know our neighbors. we want to know our people we go to church with. we want to know our president. >> reporter: here in iowa they take underdogs seriously. president obama was one.
when former maryland governor martin o'malley visited iowa last week, all five went to see him speak and sing. do you want more democratic candidates in the field? >> yes. >> yes. >> reporter: you would like that? >> the democratic party does better when we have competitive caucuses. >> reporter: clinton kicked off her last campaign with a big rally here in des moines, but this time she's going small very small. the clinton caravan will roll into monticello iowa, tomorrow, population 3,800, where she will hold a round table, scott, with community college students and educators. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. now to the rubio campaign. manuel bojorquez was there when the freshman senator from florida made his announcement. >> i believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake and i can make a difference as president. >> reporter: marco rubio launched his campaign from miami's freedom tower the first stop for thousands of cuban exiles during the '60s and
'70s. the son of cuban immigrants themselves, rubio vowed to protect the american dreams they sought. >> i live in an exceptional country where the son of a bartender and maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege. >> reporter: rubio was elected to the senate in 2010 at just age 39 par of a tea party wave. a foreign policy hawk, he's been sharply critical of president obama's policies on isis iran and especially cuba. but some conservatives have criticized rubio's support of a 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill that ultimately failed. rubio says he now favors a piecemeal approach to immigration with border security at -- as the top priority. on the come pain trail he will call for an overhaul of the tax code. his plan low terse corporate tax rate, eliminates the estate tax and reaches out to middle-class voters by increasing the child tax credit.
rubio's challenges for securing the nomination include an expected run by his mentor former florida governor jeb bush. scott, rubio has positioned himself as a fresh face, an alternative to establishment candidates like bush and hillary clinton. >> pelley: manuel, thanks very much. john dickerson is our cbs news political director. we announced yesterday he'll be the new an consider of "face the nation" beginning this summer. congratulations, john. >> thank you scott. >> pelley: john, does secretary clinton draw a serious opponent for the democratic nomination? >> reporter: the way it looks now, hillary clinton if she makes it to the convention, will face the least amount of opposition since any party candidate who wasn't already an incumbent since 1908. martin o'malley, the former governor of maryland is running and doing all the things you do to run but people rate his chances as slim. joe biden would like to run but he's not doing the work. hillary clinton is a woman and she can raise a lot of money.
when i asked democratic strategists, what do you think the chances are. they say anything can happen for politics. then they reach fornys cal and religious to say how unlikely it is that she be beaten. >> pelley: history is not kind to any party that tries to have three terms in the white house in a row. >> since 1951 one party has had three terms in a row that was reagan and bush, but if history is not on the democratic side, there are some things that are and if you look at the electoral map, that race to 270 that we'll become obsessed with in a year and a half the democrats start with a lot. they have a lot of big states, not a lock. of course they have a lot of big states, almost twice as many electoral votes that are sort of already in the democratic column than republicans have. the chairman of the republican party was asked by bob schieffer on "face the nation" this weekend about that electoral advantage democrats have. he said democrats just have to be good. republicans to win the presidency have to be perfect. >> pelley: there are three
republicans in the race right now. what's that field going to look like? how many will there be? >> reporter: the most reboast field ever. cover, senator politically powerful and popular people. they're all going to have a lot of money. it's going to be quite a round of bumper cars. >> pelley: and next week there will be only 81 weeks until election day. john dickerson, thank you so much. most of those candidates will be flying on charters, and this may be one reason. there's a new report out today based on government figures that confirms that everything that passengers hate about flying is getting worse. here's transportation correspondent jeff pegues. >> reporter: while airline profits soared last year, passengers didn't share in the good times. that's according to this year's airline quality ratings survey, which concluded that customer service is getting worse. the report found that while most bags made it to their destinations, more than two million were mishandled last year, that's up 13% from the
year before. in passenger complaints rose 22% to just over 11,000. brent bowen is co-author of the report. >> what about on-time performance, is it bet center >> on-time performance is worse. >> reporter: by a lot? >> by a significant amount. that's a management decision on the frequency of flights and scheduling. that's the number-one thing a passenger wants is to get to their destination on time. if they don't they're going to file a complaint. >> reporter: sky west, express jet and envoy received the rowest overall rating, virgin america, hawaiian airlines and delta earned the highest. >> this year a bit of good news is delta climbed its way back up after a decline when they merge with northwest. >> reporter: the airline industry as a whole is going through a wave of consolidation, but airlines for america, an industry representative, says
the merge eskers have allowed airlines to focus on improving fleets and improving all stages of travel. carriers are increasing air service levels which will benefit customers. envoy airlines says it is working on system upgrades, scott. prior the last year airline quality ratings were actually on the rise. now according to this report's authors, we're entering a period of decline. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thank you very much, jeff. not a quality landing for a united airlines 737. it skidded off the runway in houston this morning. heavy rain may have been factor. the landing gear ended up stuck but nobody was hurt. several inches of rain fell in fort worth where drivers abandoned their cars and there's more rain in the forecast. a seven-year-old had dozens of seizures a day until he was given marijuana. and the work was pure drudgery, but you can't beat the scenery. when the "cbs evening news"
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became more verbal better coordination. i had one child who started walking while they were using the medication. >> reporter: hank's epilepsy was so severe, at age seven he still cannot speak, but he's able to attend school and has not had a sieger in months. >> my goal for him is to hear his voice to hear him talk. we just want him to be happy. >> reporter: it's been known since the early '70 has the the active ingredient hank received can block seizures in animals but how it works is unclear. what is clear scott much more research is needed, especially blah placebo-controlled trials. >> pelley: promising news. jon, thanks for that. two survivors of the boston bombing help open the season at fenway inning just a moment. wow! that's a four-cylinder? i thought it was a six. i definitely feel the ecoboost in the ford escape. that's like a sports car. i just opened my trunk with my foot.
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>> reporter: the notebook was auctioned. the man is considered the modern -- the father of the modern computer. the subject of the oscar-winning film "the imitation game." >> i'm designing a machine to disguise every message every day. >> reporter: turing's work was done in anonymity. what's happening here was done in top seek ratted. >> absolutely top secret. >> reporter: last fall for cbs sunday morning, i visited hup 8 where turing and his team used a captured german encryption machine to create their own code-breaking machine. does this machine still work? >> it does. it's the only working one in the world. want to see it running? >> reporter: i'd love to see it running. >> absolutely. >> reporter: turing's machine, it's said, shortened the war by two years. was the family at all aware what he was doing? >> for the first half of the
war, the family didn't know where he was placed. >> reporter: even you didn't know? >> no, we crowded around this small black and white tv set to find out when the bbc put out a little program on it. >> reporter: arrested in 1952 for gross indecency with another man, turing would take his own life at age 41, long before the world understood what he had accomplished. but with his notebook selling to an anonymous bidder for just over $1 million -- >> sold. thank you. >> reporter: the value of alan turing's achievement is at least being appreciated. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by
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